I've got another one-pan dinner for you. Yup. All goes in one pan. No muss. No fuss. One pan = fewer dishes and this one is easy to throw together too. Chicken, sauerkraut and sausage is a flavor bomb and is sure to become a regular in your dinner rotation.
Chicken, Sauerkraut and Sausage: Start with the Marinade
The marinade for the chicken thighs might look familiar to some of you and that is because I used it in my awesome dijon chicken thighs with apples, leeks & fennel. It is the perfect slathery marinade for chicken thighs. Now we're just changing the rest of the flavor profile by adding Italian sausage, onion and tangy sauerkraut.
I usually prepare the marinade the night before. Then I get the fat trimmed from my chicken thighs and mix it with the marinade. I recently made a great video tutorial about how to trim the fat from chicken thighs. If you need guidance with this, check it out.
You should marinate the chicken for 3-4 hours to overnight. I usually do overnight. After the chicken sits in the fridge overnight, everything goes in an oven-safe pan (or baking dish) and then in the oven. I am someone that loves a good marinade for my chicken. If I have to do dinner prep the day before, I don't mind. It makes dinner the next night even easier.
What is Sauerkraut?
So sauerkraut. I would like to confess that I had never actually tried sauerkraut before making this recipe. This is a "true story" as my Uncle Buck used to say. Yet how can that be true? I am a food person. A home chef. Someone who has eaten many types of food in life. Just. Not. Sauerkraut.
Sauerkraut is cabbage and salt locked in a jar together for about six weeks. The salt draws out the water from the cabbage and essentially creates its own brine. This is like the way kimchi is made except sauerkraut has it roots in Germany and is not spicy. Whereas kimchi is a South Korean delight with a spicy kick - a beyond spicy kick in some cases.
Sauerkraut has a wonderful salt and sour and tanginess that pairs very well with the dijony, garlicky flavor from the chicken and the savory Italian sausage. It's a mouthful of joy.
Easy Steps to Make Chicken, Sauerkraut and Sausage:
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